[ bair-foot ]
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adjective, adverb
  1. Also barefooted. with the feet bare: a barefoot boy;to walk barefoot.

  2. Carpentry. (of a post or stud) secured to a sill or the like without mortising.

Origin of barefoot

before 1000; Middle English barfot,Old English bærfōt.See bare1, foot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use barefoot in a sentence

  • Rare and beautiful birds came and watched the barefooted children as they scurried around, building their wall of masonry.

    The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Both were barefooted, and I was close enough to read the expression of constant fear on each face.

    A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
  • I even felt a little bit of contempt for those brave women who went barefooted.

    A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
  • The great cathedral of Chartres was hung with white, and the king was standing barefooted in the nave.

    Chicot the Jester | Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Instead, we were instantly surrounded by several hundred ragged, barefooted, frowzy-headed men shouting "Fresh fish!"

British Dictionary definitions for barefoot



/ (ˈbɛəˌfʊt) /

adjective, adverb
  1. with the feet uncovered

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